NAB Department of Rehabilitation
An individual finds himself disoriented and feels helpless when he suddenly loses his sight at a later age. At other times, an individual may have been blind since birth but never had exposure to any kind of service that would lead to his rehabilitation. To bridge this gap, NAB (India) started the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) in 1978.
To begin with, DOR conducted Basic Rehabilitation Course for the visually challenged covering life skills and mobility and also initiated courses for employment officers and orientation & mobility instructors, which in due course were withdrawn. Soon after however, appreciating the wide range of training requirements of its clients DOR initiated a number of need-based courses as well as vocational training courses in physiotherapy and acupressure & massage.
Basic Rehabilitation Course
The course makes a blind person realize the Three A’s – Accept blindness, Adjust to blindness and Achieve despite being blind. This cost-free training course is conducted twice a year. Each batch is of 3½-month duration. The 30 trainees admitted per batch are given intensive training to develop skills in Activities of Daily Living which covers: Self-care (brushing, bathing, grooming, eating, etc.); Orientation & Mobility (safe indoor and outdoor travel techniques using the White Cane); Home Management (sweeping, making bed, simple mending, cooking, ironing, sewing, identifying currency and so on); Communication (Braille reading and writing; social etiquette etc.
Confidence-building to lead a normal and productive life takes place through activities like physical training, participation in sporting and cultural activities, visits to public spaces, familiarization with public transport etc. Trainees are also provided vocational guidance, exposure to work avenues open to them and assistance in identifying occupation that suits them most. They are given a small monthly stipend.
DOR has the capacity to provide lodge and board facility to around 22 trainees.
Short-term Need-based Courses
Course for Adolescent: This preparatory course gears up for adult life, youth in transition age – primarily those who appear for secondary/higher secondary exams. Trainees are introduced to community-based experiences; given career guidance through lectures; and trained in disability-specific skills, physical fitness and basics of day-to-day chores. The program helps them recognize and manage the physical, psychological and emotional changes they go through during this transitional phase, and gives them the confidence to pursue further education.
Vocational Training Course: Covers trades like making candle/incense sticks (agarbattis), liquid soap/phenyl, garlands/torans (door-hangings), envelopes, popcorn, chocolates and ubtans (face and body packs) etc., besides training in sewing, servicing gas-stove, and other manual jobs as well. Students undergo intensive training in at least three trades. These trades when pursued as a vocation can provide a livelihood. Demonstrations on marketing skills are also organized.
Women’s Special Course: This full-time course of 1½ month duration has been exclusively designed for all-round development of visually challenged women who are 18 and older. The Course covers orientation & mobility; Braille and communication skills; Yoga and recreation; domestic science with special emphasis on food preparation, nutrition, child care; grooming and personality development – including social etiquette; self-defense etc. Trainees are also counseled and taught vocational trades. Those from out of Mumbai are provided residential facility. The training renders these women confident enough to lead near-normal life.
Introduced in 1996 as a Certificate Course, this two-year full-time training was in due course recognized as Diploma Course in Physiotherapy, by the Maharashtra State Board of Vocational Examinations (MSBVE). Subjects covered include human anatomy, physiotherapy, abnormal physiology and other allied topics besides English, computer applications and entrepreneurship. Assessment is through theory and practical exams. On completion of the course the trainees undergo 60-day clinical internship in select hospitals. Students also volunteer at hospitals to get hand-on experience.
Eligibility Criterion: Grade X Pass and good knowledge of English
Selection Procedure: Written Test and Interview
Number of Seats: 15
The physiotherapy Out-patient Department introduced by DOR in 2010 has been well-received by the community. The OPD besides helping the trainees receive hands-on experience and enhance their knowledge in the field also creates awareness about capabilities of the visually challenged among the public. Patients taking treatment at the OPD are charged nominal fee.
Acupressure and Massage Course
This MSBVE recognized six-month training program initiated in 2004 enables visually challenged individuals to work as masseurs/masseuses in hospitals and clinics and also carry out private practice. Visually challenged trainers conduct the course. On successful completion of the Course, MSBVE awards Certificates.
DOR also provides job placement assistance to successful candidates. Those employed can earn around Rs.5,000 a month. With more and more people becoming health conscious, this profession is fast gaining importance.
Eligibility Criteria: Grade VII Pass
Selection Procedure: Written Test and Interview
Number of Seats: 15
World White Cane Day
Each year the Department organizes demonstrations at various busy traffic junctions in Mumbai, to spread awareness about the White Cane as a symbol of independence of the blind and educate the public about the sighted guide techniques utilized to lead visually challenged individuals – while crossing the streets or commuting from one place to another. Other Departments of NAB (India) as well as many institutions for the blind actively participate in this event. Programs to draw public attention on the talent and capabilities of the visually challenged are also organized at prominent locations.
Annual Awards and Scholarships
- M. N. Chhatrapati Award for three Best Trainees of the Basic Rehabilitation Course
- Jacob Abraham Memorial Award for Excellence in Vocational Trades
- Ranjitlal Sukhadwala Swayam Siddhi Award for two Best Performers of the Physiotherapy Course
- Swayam Siddhi Award for two Best Performers of the Acupressure Massage Course.
- Shanti Bania Memorial “Prerna” Scholarships for Best Students (one each) of the Physiotherapy and the Acupressure and Massage Courses.
BASIC REHABILITATION COURSE – BATCH 118
Duration: January 12 to April 20, 2016
Contact: NAB Department of Rehabilitation, C/o. King George V Memorial Infirmary, Anand Niketan, Nr. Famous Cine Studio, Dr. E. Moses Rd., Mahalaxmi, Mumbai 400 011
Phone: 2494 5108 6752 4021/22/23
Last date for form submission: January 5, 2016